Albury

Win! Walking alone is not "an invitation"

CAMPAIGN UDPATE: Cnr. Mack has now issued an unreserved apology for his comments. Read more here. Thanks to everyone who was part of this campaign.

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This week, after a young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in the town, Albury Mayor Kevin Mack reportedly told media: “I always have encouraged women not to walk alone, to have someone with them at all times, because that in itself is an invitation for someone to take advantage of you.”[1]

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. Violence against women is at epidemic levels in our country -with 1 in 5 women sexually assaulted in their lifetime.[2] Victim-blaming is part of the problem: undermining efforts to hold those perpetrating the violence accountable for their actions, and causing additional trauma for victims. We need to focus on perpetrators of violence and making it clear that violence in any form is not condoned.

As Mayor, Cr Mack is in a position to influence and shape community attitudes – can you join the call for the Mayor to retract and apologise for this comment, and show residents what his council is doing to prevent violence against women?

*If you've experienced sexual assault or family violence, you can access 24/7 counselling and support at 1800 RESPECT.

Reference

1. Images of three men released after teenage girl raped at knifepoint in Albury, NSW, ABC news, 30 April 2015.

2. Myths and facts about sexual assault, Rape and Domestic VIolence Services Australia.

777 SIGNATURES SO FAR

To Cr Mack,

We urge you to publicly retract and apologise for your victim-blaming statement, and show residents what your council is doing to prevent violence against women. 

Signed,

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Jennifer , 2810  /  signed 2015-04-30 20:35:24 +1000
Laura , 2763  /  signed 2015-04-30 20:17:58 +1000
Janette , 4101  /  signed 2015-04-30 20:12:41 +1000
Sarah , 2769  /  signed 2015-04-30 20:06:56 +1000
Kathryn , 2454  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:57:24 +1000
"Sexist, patriarchal comments like that are not helpful in the fight against violent thugs."
Lucie , 75020  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:55:09 +1000
Jv , 2454  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:50:25 +1000
Amanda , 2024  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:44:19 +1000
"This is outrageous!! Sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim. Men are responsible for not attacking women. If the streets are so dangerous that a woman can’t walk the streets alone men should be stopped from being on the streets! Women should not have to barricade themselves in their homes to be safe (indeed that is not a safe environment either given the prevalence of domestic violence!)"
Isadorè , 2454  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:43:33 +1000
"We need to put an end to victim blaming and hold any who engage in it to account for the harmful and dangerous misconceptions that they are perpetuating."
Rissie , 2619  /  signed 2015-04-30 19:43:04 +1000
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